How-to: At-Home Pedicure


Although I enjoy going out for an occasional pedicure, I prefer to do my own nails. It saves me money, and I always get to use the exact color/brand I want. Over the years, I have discovered red to be my all time favorite winter nailpolish, while hot pink stands as my signature summer color. I wanted to share with you lovely bloggers the steps I use to achieve your very own at-home pedicure.

What you will need:
-a place to soak your feet in warm water for ~10 minutes (I usually use my bathroom sink)
-nail clippers and a cuticle cutter (you can find these tools for cheap at a dollar store, Target, Wal-Mart, etc)
-nailpolish of choice (below, I have the color 'Lavender' from F21)

-cotton balls/pads to remove pre-existing nailpolish
-sugar scrub, to slough away dead skin (see below for home-made recipes)
-nail file
-top coat (I usually don't use base coats or top coats. Especially base coats, because they tend to make your nailpolish peel faster.)

1. Soak feet in warm water for ~10 minutes. If you would like to exfoliate, you can use a foot scrub. For home-made recipes, visit this website.
2. Cut nails to desired length. I prefer mine to be short.
3. Using a cuticle cutter (you can also use a 'cuticle nipper' or a 'cuticle pusher'), cut away the cuticle on each nail. Be careful not to cut too close to your actual skin. The cuticle cutter I have pictured below also doubles as a great tool to clean the surface of the edges of your toenails.
4. Apply 2 coats of color to nails that are clean and dry. I usually skip the top coat because the thinner your nailpolish is, the longer it lasts. However, you don't want to add too thin of a coat, because in my opinion, the more opaque nailpolish appears on your nails, the more put-together it looks. I decided to add a top coat this time for glossiness. See picture below for finished product.

-If you accidentally get polish onto the skin that is close to your newly painted nail, take a q-tip that has been dipped in remover, and gently rub away the polish.

Good luck!


Miranda said...

Aww that purple is so cute and a perfect color for the end of summer.

Curves ahead makeup said...

great pedi !!!
toes look perfect
new follow hope you can follow too !!

Signe said...

Looks great, love the color :)

Cara said...

cute cute cute toes, girlfran!

hot pink is also my go-to summer color, and a more cranberry-ish red is my winter and fall color.
definitely want to try this lavender though!

Allergic to Vanilla said...

love that color on your cute toes!! I prefer to do my own nails too, more control, & less $$

xo Carlina

Hanna said...

Gorgeous pics! And the nailpolish is so fab!